A detachment of soldiers and mobile policemen, yesterday, took over Bayelsa State secretariat complex as the industrial action embarked upon by organised labour in the state over non-payment of salaries entered day three.
•Gov Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa At 8 a.m, yesterday, a team of men of the Joint Task Force, JTF, “Operation Pulo Shield” and mobile policemen was sighted at the gates of the state secretariat and its annexes located few metres from the Creek Haven, the state Government House, even as the workers failed to turn up for work, despite a directive by Governor Seriake Dickson, who threatened to invoke the “No work no pay rule” on the striking civil servants. However, few civil servants, who reported for work, yesterday, for fear of being sanctioned, were barred from entering their offices by officials of labour while it was gathered that the state government officials were taking down the names of civil servants who turned up for work. It was not clear why a large number of security men was mounted at the secretariat complex, but it was gathered that the action was to prevent a possible break down of law and order. However, officials of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in the state, yesterday, confirmed their return to the negotiation table with the state government on a way out of the industrial action. NLC state chairman, Mr John Ndiomu, in a chat with Vanguard in Yenagoa said: “Series of meetings are going on with the government and we shall also be meeting again, but I am still urging our members to remain at home. “The strike is now in its third day, and we are still on it, it is true that the state government has started the payment for January alone but we will continue to stay at home until the union reaches a favourable agreement with government.” Trade Union Congress, TUC, chairman in the state, Tari Duonana told Vanguard that the strike for the non-payment of salaries which kicked off on Thursday last week will continue despite the threats by the state governor.
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